Louisiana drivers struggling to pay unpaid fines from lapsed car insurance coverage can now find some relief.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Wednesday that the governor had signed a bill to authorize driver payment plans to repay the state Office of Motor Vehicles for the outstanding fines.

The new law, which allows drivers to keep their licenses during the payment period, took effect immediately.

Louisiana law requires drivers to have insurance on their vehicles. The state can revoke licenses and seize bank accounts and tax refunds if fines remain unpaid.

The bill from Rep. Denise Marcelle, a Baton Rouge Democrat, outlines six payment plans for drivers owing $250 or more. The largest plan offers installments for drivers owing more than $5,000.

The OMV is owed more than $250 million from thousands of drivers.

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House Bill 245: www.legis.la.gov